Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun
Madrassa & Mausoleum of as-Salih Ayyub
This complex was built between 1242 and 1244 by the last Ayyubid sultan of Egypt, al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub, who died defending Egypt...
Madrassa & Mausoleum of An-Nasir Mohammed
Sultan An-Nasir (‘the Victor’), was both despotic and exceedingly accomplished. His madrassa was built in 1304 in part with a Gothic...
Khan el-Khalili Restaurant & Mahfouz Coffee Shop
The luxurious Moorish-style interiors of this restaurant and adjoining cafe are a popular haven from the khan’s bustle. The place may be...
Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah · interesting places nearby
Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun information
Built in just 13 months, the 1279 Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun is both the earliest and the most splendid of the three buildings on this street. The mausoleum, on the right, is a particularly intricate assemblage of inlaid stone and stucco, patterned with stars and floral motifs and lit by stained-glass windows. The complex also includes a maristan (hospital), which Qalaun ordered built after he visited one in Damascus, where he was cured of colic.
The Arab traveller and historian Ibn Battuta, who visited Cairo in 1325, was impressed that Qalaun's hospital contained 'an innumerable quantity of appliances and medicaments'. He also described how the mausoleum was flanked by Quran reciters day and night chanting requiems for the dead within.